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  • July Garden of the Month

    Sherry Archie

    For The Lancaster News

    For 10 months out of the year, the Lancaster County of Garden Clubs selects a Yard of the Month. In July each year, that focus shifts to vegetable gardens in Lancaster County.

    Peggy Little of The Lancaster Garden Club awarded the July Garden of the Month designation to John Troutman at 1904 Tara Trail, Lancaster. 

  • What families do

        The teacher who had a special love for reading now has a special place in her honor at the school she loved.

    In May, members of the late Kathy Emory’s family, colleagues and friends dedicated the Miss Kathy Emory Outdoor Reading Classroom at McDonald Green Elementary School.

    Emory died Dec. 24, 2010, after battling colon cancer for more than two years. She was 52. 

    Emory served on the McDonald Green staff for more than 30 years as a fourth grade teacher and media specialist. 

  • "Skeeter" season

    Mosquitoes have been around for thousands, maybe millions, of years.

    And these winged blood suckers have no intention of taking off this summer.

    With the pop-up thunderstorm season now in full swing, it doesn’t take much to create a mosquito nuisance, said Sue Ferguson, an environmental health manager for S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

    That’s where a little routine yard sprucing-up comes in.

  • Backyard Getaway

    Nine years ago, when Ronnie and Crystal Carnes bought their home at 1228 Kent Drive, the contractor made them an offer they couldn’t refuse. The price of the new home was reduced if they agreed to do all the landscaping themselves.  

    Having a special knack for landscaping, Ronnie welcomed and accepted the deal.   

    Now, by reading do-it-yourself magazines, driving through neighborhoods and picking up a few tips from previous Yard of the Month recipients, he has created quite a showplace at their home. 

  • Backwoods farming

    In the late 1700s, there were no neighborhood grocery stores for food or seasonings or pharmacies for medicines in the Waxhaws.

    Self-sufficiency was a critical element of survival for the Scots-Irish settlers who were carving a way of life out of the wilderness.

    That meant most families had a kitchen garden close to the house, where vegetables, fruit and herbs were grown. 

  • Understand Air Quality Index colors

    Almost every day this time of year, a local meteorologist will emphasize the Air Quality Index (AQI) as part of the upcoming weather forecast, but few know what it means.

    The Air Quality Index is the system used to warn the public when air pollution reaches dangerous levels. It tracks ozone (smog) and particle pollution (tiny particles from ash, vehicle exhaust, soil dust, pollen and other air pollutants).

  • May Yard of the Month

    Growing up, Stuart Graham attended Van Wyck Presbyterian Church with his family.  
    Just two doors down from there stood a bright yellow home known throughout the tight knit community as the old Hyatt house.  
    At the time, Graham never realized the keys to the 1898 Victorian-style home at 5154 Old Hickory Road would one day be in his pocket.
    Graham had always admired the house and was excited to learn in 2003 it was to be sold at an auction.

  • March Yard of the Month

    When Grace and Clyde Steele moved into their home at 1206 Trailstream Drive nine years ago, the 3-acre lot was filled with trees, leaving little space for sunshine to touch the ground.  That’s the way her daughter, Cindy McDonald, liked it. Cindy previously lived in this home with her husband, Jimmy, and their children. After her family moved to Myrtle Beach, the house stood empty for about six years.  

  • Childhood memories

    Childhood memories mean a lot to David and Tammy Funderburk.
    That concept is what the Funderburks focused on when landscaping their yard at 610 W. Shiloh Unity Road.
    They are hoping that vision goes a long way in helping their children, Holly, 28, and Rod, 21, and grandchildren, Gunnar, Drake and Alyson, build some special memories, too.   
    They had no idea their efforts would get them recognized in the local community.
    The Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs selected the Funderburks’ yard as  Yard of the Month for October.

  • Cathy Hendrick to speak at Douglas

    There aren’t many people around whose lives haven’t been touched in one way or another by cancer. It is no respecter of person, race, creed or income. Take Cathy Hendrick for instance. She could be the “Job” of our generation. Her life was changed forever on Oct.